Ambassador John Negroponte joined the US diplomatic service in 1960, and as the Vietnam war raged he was assigned to the US embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam. From 1971 to 1973, reporting directly to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, he was the National Security Council (NSC)’s senior officer for Vietnam.
From 1981 to 1996, he had tours of duty as United States in Honduras, Mexico where he was instrumental in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Philippines. Under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Negroponte was Deputy National Security Advisor from 1987- 1989, reporting directly to Colin Powell.
In 2001, answering the call from President George W. Bush, he became America’s Ambassador to the United Nations, where he was successful in winning unanimous support for a resolution demanding Saddam Hussein to comply with the UN.
In 2004, as the restoration of Iraq’s sovereignty was publicly announced, Negroponte was appointed Ambassador to that nation.
In 2005, Ambassador Negroponte was named to the newly-created position of Director of National Intelligence for the United States. In this job, he oversaw all American intelligence agencies, and provided daily intelligence briefings for the President, a duty that had previously been performed by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He left that position in 2007 to become Deputy Secretary of State, second-in-command to Secretary Condoleezza Rice.